Student Services

Early College Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Dual Enrollment?

The Early College Programs, (Dual Enrollment/Early Admission/ Accelerated Dual Enrollment) at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF), allow qualified high school students to enroll in selected college courses to satisfy high school graduation requirements and the associate degree. Students interested in Dual Enrollment courses should initiate the enrollment process with their high school counselor and/or home school liaison, as high school graduation requirements must be verified prior to registration. Most college costs are waived.

Who can Dual Enroll?

 Qualified students must meet the following criteria:

  • 3.0 unweighted high school GPA (Dual Enrollment/ Early Admission), 3.3 unweighted high school GPA (Accelerated Dual Enrollment) 
  • Qualifying placement test scores on: PERT, SAT, or ACT (see Minimum Qualifying Test Scores) Placement Test Results Chart
  • Approval of high school or home school liaison
  • Parental approval
  • Enrolled in a school or organization which has a formal Articulation Agreement with SCF for the Early College Program.

Students who earn less than a “C” in a course or withdraw or are withdrawn from a course will not be eligible to participate in the following dual enrollment semester 

All Dual Enrollment Documentation Must be Submitted by:

  • Spring Deadline - December 1st
  • Summer/ Fall Deadline - May 15th

**No exceptions after the deadline

All paperwork:

  • Early College Application
  • Qualifying test scores 
  • Early College Contract 
  • Online Orientation
  • County Letter (homeschool only)
  • Registration

What Is Early Admission?

Early Admission is a form of dual enrollment wherein qualified high school seniors enroll at SCF on a full-time basis not to exceed fifteen (15) credit hours. Students must register for a minimum of 12 credit hours.  Requirements to participate in the Early Admission Program are the same as the requirements to participate in the Dual Enrollment Program. Most college costs are waived.

What Is the Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program?

The Accelerated Dual Enrollment Program is a form of dual enrollment through which eligible high school students in grade 11 and 12 enroll at SCF on a full-time basis. This accelerated option allows the student to concurrently complete high school and college credits by attending classes at SCF. This program provides students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn an Associate's in Arts degree. This program is available to Manatee and Sarasota County public school students only.
ADE required materials:
  • Completed Early College Application 
  • Proof of passing scores on all portions of the testing within the last two years of application to the program. If taken at SCF, scores are not required to be submitted. Scores must be submitted at the time of application.  
  • Successfully completed high school English I, English II, Algebra I and passed Algebra I end-of course (EOC) or a comparative score on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (state assessment requirement), Geometry with passed EOC and passed Grade 10 ELA state assessment or ACT/SAT with concordant score
  • Strongly encouraged to have completed high school World History and HOPE prior to beginning the program.
  • SCF Online Orientation. Links can be found in the welcome email provided by SCF.   Early College Contract on file with SCF. 
  • Review Intake Video and take completion quiz.
  • Schedule & attend mandatory first semester class planning with an SCF academic advisor. This can be done by visiting Please ensure your qualifying test scores are on file with SCF before scheduling an academic advising appointment.  


Is Early College right for everyone?

Not necessarily. Dual Enrollment is an opportunity to take challenging courses and accelerate educational opportunities. Students who successfully complete dual enrollment courses will save time toward their college degree. However, the amount of work necessary to succeed in college level courses may be much greater than in high school courses. In addition, dual enrollment courses become a part of a student's permanent college transcript and will impact eligibility for financial aid and admission to other postsecondary institutions. Students need to consider future plans when deciding if dual enrollment is right for their situation

Where do I get my parking decal and student ID?

Students must bring a photo ID and student ID (G#) to obtain a parking decal and SCF student ID card. Bradenton 941-752-5550  Bldg 14, Rm 127 - Venice 941-408-1550 Bldg 500, Rm 504 - Lakewood Ranch 941-363-7155 Bldg 2 MTSC, Rm 105

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